As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. But it would be nice if April showers brought a reliable raincoat with it too. In this continuous battle against the seasons, being equipped with the right armour can protect more than just your hair.
For this month’s style challenge, we asked our team to style an outfit around their favourite Stutterheim Stockholm raincoat, a brand that epitomises Swedish melancholy. While we often turn away from our internal melancholia, Stutterheim’s ethos is to embrace those feelings, much like we should embrace the rain to lessen its blow. Through our styling of the pieces, we’ve injected our own character into the rainwear while staying true to its functionality. Bring it on, Spring. Here’s what we’re wearing, and why:
For this rain-ready combo, I opted for a lightweight, casually layered look. Canadian spring is known for its unpredictability, so it’s always nice to be equipped for a variety of conditions. The lightweight merino wool sweater offers both insulation and breathability, while the stretch denim is optimal for rapid movement. Of course, no weatherproof look would be complete without a tough outer layer. This light sand Stutterheim raincoat is guaranteed to keep me dry no matter the conditions, and it does so without compromising style.
My outerwear choices usually change from time to time, corresponding to my mood and the weather. For this challenge, I decided to style my look a little differently. I drew inspiration from the 90’s and incorporated a vintage band tee and sunnies to my look, but styled it with jeans and a sleek raincoat to modernize the ensemble. The black Stutterheim raincoat adds a nice layer to the overall look. What I like most about this raincoat is that it’s light enough to be worn as an overcoat as well.
We finally got some spring weather in Toronto, which means 2 things: time to bring out the more colourful pieces out of your closet and rain, lots of rain! I picked this khaki green raincoat because of its colour and for the lightness of the material. Based on the amount of compliments I’ve received on it, seems like I made the right choice. To contrast with the light green, I picked a salmon pink T-shirt from COS and finished the look with my new Louis Vuitton bag. If this look doesn’t make you think of spring, I don’t know what will. Rainy days don’t mean that you have to compromise on your outfits anymore!
For spring outerwear I wanted a piece that stood out from the crowd. All of my previous raincoats were unassuming neutrals: black, beige or dark green. Camo however, really catches your eye and this subtle print is subtle to be worn out on almost any occasion when the weather is less than ideal. I chose to pair mine with Lululemon joggers and a pair of classic Adidas. Come the fall, I can see myself pairing this jacket with warmer sweaters to counter the cooling temperatures. In the meantime, it’ll be my go-to shell for the wet and hopefully warmer weather coming our way.
When I slip into my red Stutterheim on a rainy day, I feel like I’m putting on a superhero cape. But instead of fighting injustice, I’m fighting the springtime monotony on Toronto’s streets. It’s the smiles that I get from strangers (in response to the innocence of this statement piece) that brings me warmth in this weather. Stutterheim’s piece is the quintessential children’s raincoat, but made for nostalgic adults. Accordingly, I’ve dressed it up with some more mature chelsea boots as opposed to rain boots. Statement outerwear also needs a simple canvas to pop on, so I paired some washed out denim-on-denim to let the coat do the talking. Keeping everything tailored (to continue the coat’s elongated silhouette), I’m ready to tackle some real crimes on the streets: pothole puddles, y’all better watch out.
April weather in Toronto has been unexpected to say the least. We’ve had everything from December-like flurries to unconventionally warm days, but the seasonal rain has fortunately (or unfortunately) arrived. The ever so essential raincoat is one that I find guys often neglect purchasing due to its single season usage, but I am here to tell you that Stutterheim’s Stockholm coat is more than just a layer to protect you from drizzle. This grey version that I’m wearing actually dresses down what could be seen as a Monday to Friday work look. On top of that, the neutral tone of the coat perfectly complements these plaid pants I’ve wanted to rock for a while.